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Old 06-28-2010, 05:14 PM   #1
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I am planning to sample a large quantity of Hoppy Pale Ales. is it best to drink water and consume unsalted crackers between tastings within a flight of pale ales to clense the palate? What can be done to reduce palate fatigue when tasting a large number of very hoppy beers at a single sitting?

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Old 06-28-2010, 05:37 PM   #2
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BJCP judges have to deal with this all the time. Crackers are a good thing, as is the water. And take your time. I'd hit up the BJCP website for suggestions. One thing that can help you taste is to keep practicing. Maybe sit with some others and all share opinions, and all search for that elusive flavor.

But everyone has different tastes, and different sensitivity to flavor. I think it's interesting to see the many different opinions on the same beer. Especially when the people all know the different flavor descriptions, but haven't been trained to spot them yet. Your imagination can make you taste things that nare necessarily there.

But just to comparison taste, I think the crackers and water thing is a good idea. And limit the amount of aromas that don't come from the beer, and try not to get distracted by stuff going on around you.

You may want to have some paper towels handy for those really bad beers, or soem Kleenex for those really good beers!
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:58 PM   #3
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What can be done to reduce palate fatigue when tasting a large number of very hoppy beers at a single sitting?
Personally, I just smoke.
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Old 10-28-2010, 02:13 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by BendBrewer View Post
Personally, I just smoke.
I thought smoking made palate fatigue worse? Smoking definetly makes food taste more bland.

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Old 10-28-2010, 02:16 PM   #5
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Plain white bread, like chunks of Italian bread, and water are my preference when judging competitions.

Bread and water. Like prison, except with beer.

I don't smoke, but I would think that smoking "blands" everything, so I definitely wouldn't smoke when trying different beers for nuances.
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